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Louisville man sentenced for murdering Dosker Manor resident

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for murdering a man at Dosker Manor last year. 

James Seay, 70, had already been convicted of murder twice before pleading guilty to the death of 61-year-old Orville Avis.

Family members found Avis' body inside his Dosker Manor senior living apartment in Feb. 2013. He had been beaten and stabbed to death. It was just hours after Avis had surgery from contracting pneumonia and the flu.

Seay pleaded guilty to the crime and all parties agreed to a 20-year sentence given his age and medical condition.

Tara Hood, Avis' daughter, said agreeing to a relatively short sentence wasn't easy, but it was better than having to go through a trial.

"There is no sentencing that is okay for a murderer, because you can't get back your loved one," she said. "But for what its worth, and for him not to be able to hurt anyone else, that's what I'm satisfied with."

Seay was convicted of murder in 1981 and 1996, and served time for both crimes.

In 1981, Seay stabbed Donald Gritton to death. He served time and got out of jail. Then, in 1996, prosecutors say he killed again, stabbing James Daugherty to death. He was released early based on good behavior.

"I've never seen someone who's committed three separate murders and gone to prison for each. It's very sad," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Leland Hulbert. "I think it's a flaw in the system. A 30 year sentence isn't a 30 year sentence."

Although Hulbert said in his opinion 20 years isn't enough, he said he agreed to it because it was the family's wish, and he thinks Seay will die before he's eligible for parole.

"Someone dying is not something we take lightly, it's not something I take pleasure in," he said. "I just think that's what he deserves in this case."

Seay won't be eligible for parole until he's at least 85-years-old.

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